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National Railroad Museum, Green Bay

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The National Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, in suburban Green Bay.The museum is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation's railroad history. It was founded in 1956 by community volunteers in Green Bay. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States.The National Railroad Museum has a large collection of rolling stock and spanning more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (One of the world's largest steam locomotive types), and British Railways Class A4 No. 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower (ex-London & North Eastern Railway No. 4496 Golden Shuttle) and train used by the Supreme Allied Commander and his staff in the United Kingdom and continental Europe during World War II.In addition to the rolling stock, there is a museum building housing a wide variety of railroad artifacts, an archive, and photography gallery. There is also a standard gauge track around the perimeter of the grounds. There is also an 80ft high wooden observation tower with views of the river and Green Bay. The museum hosts an annual Day Out with Thomas event, where Thomas the Tank Engine pulls young friends past the exhibited rolling stock.
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  • We took our two grandchildren to the railroad museum and they absolutely loved it. The museum is very kid friendly with many trains to explore. They loved climbing into engines and playing engineer. T...  more »
  • During our tour of the museum and train ride of the grounds, my family and I were very interested in the informational aspect of the museum. The condition of the engines and cars were deplorable, on t...  more »
  • Not just a walk-around, you can actually enter the cars on display and walk through them. You can climb aboard the locomotives too. Most of the display is in massive sheds or even inside for the Big B...  more »
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  • Nice family destination. Nice kids area both inside and out. Figure at least 3 hours. No food available, except bags of snacks in gift shop, so pack a picnic and eat while the kids play on the swing set. Train ride was relatively short, 25 mins, 2 loops of same route, different info, and was not inside a typical train car. They had a screened in car with garden bench seating. Made it easy to see during the ride, but disappointing not to be riding in an old passenger car like the old days. We found it worth the extra $2 for the ride. There was plenty of time to explore the wide variety of old time train cars and engines. They do have wheelchair/stroller ramps to get you up to some of the exhibits, but not many. But being that these are old trains with narrow passageways as you would expect, mostly not wheelchair friendly for viewing old trains. A train video was shown which explained nicely some of the displays. The museum housed a beautiful collection of China from different dinning cars and large model trains. Two big sheds filled with trains to tour, plus more outside on the grounds to see. Gift shop had a great selection and variety of prices. We will definitely go again.
  • They have trains that you (and your little engineers) can actually climb around in and touch, many trains from over the years. Day out with Thomas is a popular attraction here too for young folks. Don't worry if you don't have kids, there's some things for us grown ups too. Some of the trains on display are in poor condition, you can help fund their restoration by participating in the great events here!
  • We had a ton of fun with my 5 year old son who is in love with trains! Everybody on staff there was amazing with the kids and super friendly!
  • Wonderful museum! Everyone loved it! Great for kids as young as 2!
  • It has something for young and old. It's safe for kids to climb on the big engines (as marked). There is a nice play area in the gift shop. There are trains in the shed outdoors, not in pristine condition but worth looking at.

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